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Supporting People Bereaved through a Drug- or Alcohol-Related Death

Supporting People Bereaved through a Drug- or Alcohol-Related Death

Peter Cartwright

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Indispensable guide for people supporting or counselling adults bereaved through a substance-related death. With contributions from a variety of subject experts, the book provides guidance on the specific aspects of this type of bereavement, with case studies, examples and descriptions of good practice.
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Paperback / softback
2020, 8.90in x 5.91in / 226mm x 150mm, 336pp
ISBN: 9781785921919
2020, ePUB
ISBN: 978-1-78450-463-2
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This pioneering book provides guidance for those helping bereaved adults through the process of grieving loved ones who died as a result of substance use.

People bereaved in this manner require very specific support through these unique circumstances, and this book contains contributions from a range of leading experts in the field on how to help people bereaved in this way, with examples of good practice. It combines theory, research and practice in a straightforward and untechnical way, clearly describing the complex, severe nature of these bereavements and how to support bereaved people through this complex grieving process. The book also explains bereavement, substance use and how addictive substance use can affect a family, and provides comprehensive case studies that illustrate how to support and counsel.

Rooted in specialist professional experience, this is the indispensable guide for all those whose work involves supporting these bereaved people, as well as being of interest to those bereaved this way and their family, friends and colleagues who may be supporting them.


'The response to loss, we have learned, is subject to many factors, cause of death being prominent among them. In this book Peter Cartwright shines a light on drug and alcohol related death, an epidemic that affects an ever growing number of the bereaved. The book offers abundant clinical illustrations, insight and information about the complexities of grief in these cases, and will be of interest to experienced bereavement therapists as well as those new to the field.'
- Phyllis Kosminsky, PhD, LCSW, FT, Author of 'Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinicians’ Guide to Foundations and Applications'

'As Chief Executive of Adfam, England's leading organisation supporting families and friends affected by substance misuse, I am very pleased to endorse this book, which makes a very important contribution to practice around a particularly difficult and sensitive issue... that of substance-related bereavement.'
- Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive, Adfam

'What a timely, scholarly yet accessible book Peter Cartwright has composed on the neglected area of bereavement following a substance-related death. A wealth of much-needed information is provided on so many diverse aspects. The emerging good-practice guidelines are based on extensive clinical expertise and wisdom as well as available research. Not only health care professionals but those experiencing this special type of grief have much to learn from reading this ground-breaking book.'
- Margaret Stroebe, Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Department of Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

'Peter Cartwright's Supporting People Bereaved through a Drug- or Alcohol-Related Death is a great gift to any counselor dealing with grief or substance abuse. Cartwright's book is solid -- theoretically grounded yet eminently practical. Therapists will find this book an essential tool for assisting bereaved family and friends in coping with such devastating deaths.'
- Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America, and author of Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges, and Strategies for Practice


By (author): Peter Cartwright